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Having an off day? Figure out the cause

By: Milo F. Bryant Special to The Gazette
February 11, 2014 Updated: February 11, 2014 at 4:10 pm
photo - Milo Bryant - Moving the Future
Milo Bryant - Moving the Future 

It's time to reach into the mailbag. Thanks for all of your questions.

Eventually, I will respond to every email or tackle the issues in this column. The following represent two of the more popular inquiries that I've received.

Question: Milo, you are a real inspiration to me, and I appreciate all that you have done. I'm curious though, do you ever have your own off days - days where you don't feel like training? If so, what do you do to combat that? I appreciate your honesty. Thanks! - Neal H.

Answer: The easiest answer is DEFINITELY! We all have days when we don't want to do stuff. Anyone who tells you that he or she never takes a day off is lying. We all do. I'm still trying to recover from an abdominal injury so I've had those feelings numerous days. I haven't taken numerous days off, but there have been a few.

As far as combating the feeling, the first thing I do is search for the understanding in why I'm feeling that way. Once there is understanding, I can make an informed decision on why I will or will not work out that day. My introspection might lead to the conclusion that I seriously need a mental day to recuperate. If that's the case, then that will be the best thing for me.

I do the same with clients. Sometimes people will come to train and, after a few minutes, I can tell they are not into it. So we will talk and try to figure out what's bothering them. We might not even lift a weight all day, but they will leave with a clearer mind.

The other thing I do is look at the plan I have in place. I know the plan is just and true, so that makes it easier to stick with it.

Q: Hi Milo, I really enjoy reading your column. Thank you for sharing your knowledge of exercise, health and wellness. Every part of my life is better when I pay attention to a good diet and exercise regularly. So, I am curious, what is your 105-second cardio workout that is more beneficial than a 30-minute jog? Would you share this time-saver for those days when - "no excuses" - there really is no time to exercise. Was that a typo? Did I miss this tip in one of your past columns? You have my (and I am guessing a collective "our") attention!! - Remy M.

A: Thanks for the question, Remy. There was definitely a "collective" who asked about this! The 105 seconds are broken into three parts: 60, 30 and 15 seconds. Find a stable surface and footwear that keeps you stable on that surface. Take two small markers (they can be 1-inch high cones or even a chalk line) and put them 15 feet apart. You're going to sprint from one line to the other as many times as possible in 60 seconds, counting each line touch. After resting for 2 minutes, do the same drill for 30 seconds, again counting your touches. Then rest for a minute and go for 15 seconds. Make sure you're exploding and sprinting and NOT turning in a circle, or you will get crazy dizzy. I'll explain the reasoning behind this in the next column.

Thanks and keep the questions coming!


Bryant is an author and lecturer who holds several national training certifications. His columns appear biweekly in Health and Wellness. Email him at moving

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